2015-16 KCJO Season A Swingin' Musical Journey! ______________________________________________
Please join Artistic Director/Conductor Clint Ashlock& The Kansas City Jazz Orchestra for our 2015/’16 Concert Series, as we take you on a Swingin’ Musical Journey! ______________________________________________
With apologies to Roger Miller, “England will swing like The Kansas City Jazz Orchestra do!” We’ll feature great songs and arrangements from World War II such as “A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square” all the way to the Beatles and Tom Jones, when British artists and songwriters dominated the music charts in the 1960s. It’ll be a fun, nostalgic, and definitely a swinging concert!
Explore the roots of great jazz from its beginning in New Orleans by the likes of Louis Armstrong, Sidney Bechet and King Oliver, to the Chicago jazz styles of Benny Goodman, Bix Beiderbecke and Ben Pollock. In between this journey, we’ll stop in Kansas City to hear some Count Basie classics and experience the great W.C. Handy’s immortal “St. Louis Blues” and his iconic “Beale Street Blues.”
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Through performances and education programs, The Kansas City Jazz Orchestrapreserves the rich heritage of jazz, nurtures its growth, and encourages its appreciation as an art form for all ages.